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August 2017

NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams:Powerhouse High Schools Dropping Football

Aug. 31, 2017: Powerhouse high schools are dropping football. Is the game a financial drain or bad for players brains? A field of solar panels puts Amazon in the forefront of energy efficiency. Might other companies follow? Turnpike rest stops are getting a quarter-of a-billion dollar re-do. And you'll never guess who's paying for it. Teachers have used yoga to calm stressed out students. Now they're turning the technique on themselves. And Warriors on the Water. Teaching vets suffering post traumatic stress to fish and giving them a lot more. Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE for daily videos: http://bit.ly/1ERsYqw **More info... Read more →


CAMDEN CITY, NJ (August 31, 2017)--Najuquan Ross, 20, was charged for ClearysNoteBook beating his girlfriend’s daughter while he was babysitting her and two other children on July 15, 2017. The mother of the children, Lucy Gunter, returned home from work later that evening and saw that her four-year-old daughter had cuts to her face and a missing a tooth. When Gunter asked how her child was injured, Ross reportedly told his girlfriend that he had beaten her daughter for not wanting to eat dinner, and that she lost her tooth during the beating when she fell trying to fight back.... Read more →


Lakewood, NJ – The victim in the August 24th Lakewood pedestrian fatal is identified as Hadassah Krohn, three (3) years of age, of 7th Street in Lakewood. The driver of the 2007 Ford F550 truck is identified as Chayim Goodman, 47 years of age, of Forest Avenue in Lakewood. The following information is what has been reported to date: On 8/24/2017, at approximately 12:33 pm, the Lakewood Police Department responded to 424 7th Street for a report of a pedestrian struck in the roadway. The arriving officers found a 3 year old female on the roadway next to her bicycle.... Read more →

OFFICER DOWN: Sergeant Steve Perez, Houston Police Department, Texas

RELATED: Blue Line Related: CNB Crime HOUSTON, TX (August 27, 2017)--Sergeant Steve Perez drowned after his patrol car was caught in floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. He was 60. Sergeant Perez left home at approximately 4 a.m. in an attempt to report to his duty station in the downtown area, but was unable to reach it due to impassable roads caused by extreme flooding. He spent more than two hours trying to find a route, but when he could not, he alerted his colleagues that he would that he would follow department protocol and report to the nearest... Read more →

WATCH: "Hunger Action Month" Kicks Off in Gloucester City

« CBS Philly GLOUCESTER CITY, N.J. (CBS) — Hunger Action Month starts September 1. Earlier this month, we saw a real drive to help in Gloucester City, where hope came to the Crescent Mobile Home Park. “Thank you very much, everybody here,” said Joseph Negri. “God bless ’em.” The Food Bank of South Jersey calls it the Hope Mobile. Brotherly Love: Farming For A Food Bank Val Traore, president and CEO of the Food Bank of South Jersey, explained, “We run farmer’s market-style pantries throughout South Jersey where there are no food pantries or shelters.” The tables are full of... Read more →

Coast Guard Urges Safe Boating Over the Labor Day Weekend

NEW YORK — The Coast Guard warns boaters in the Tri-State area to use extra caution while out on the water this Labor Day weekend. Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of the traditional beach and boating season, and is usually a very busy weekend on the water. So far during the 2017 boating season, Coast Guard units throughout New York City, Long Island, northern New Jersey, and Connecticut have completed approximately 2,500 boardings on recreational vessels and more than 500 boardings on various types of paddle crafts. Coast Guard crews, along with local and state law enforcement agencies,... Read more →

Cooper University Health Care System Announces Agreement to Acquire Lourdes and St. Francis

Acquisition Will Bring Together Resources of Cooper University Health Care, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University with Trinity Health’s Acute Care Hospitals and Nationally-Recognized Cardiac Program CAMDEN, NJ: George E. Norcross, III, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cooper University Health Care today announced that Cooper has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire Trinity Health’s New Jersey facilities, which include Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington, and St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton. When the transaction is completed, the combined entity (Cooper University... Read more →


NJ NEWS COMMONS: Over the next several years, more than a dozen rest stops on the Garden State Parkway and NJ Turnpike will get a needed facelift, Gov. Chris Christie announced this week. The Record reports that the $250 million cost will be covered as the state extends its contracts with a food service provider HMS Host and Sunoco. Many of the rest stops date to the 1950s. MENENDEZ: ENDING PROGRAM FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN WOULD BE 'HEARTLESS' During an appearance on Wednesday at New Jersey City University, New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez called on the Trump administration not to end... Read more →

Obituary: Patrick K. Merrill, Sr. of Gloucester City

On August 26, 2017, at the age of 58. Of Gloucester City. Born on January 22, 1959 in Camden, NJ to the late Robert E. Merrill and Jane L. Merrill (nee Finley). Survived by his children, Dawn Mumford and Patrick K. Merrill, Jr.; his sisters, Lucille Callahan, Carol Firmstone, Malinda Merrill and Deborha Merrill. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. At the request of his family, services will be private. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Patrick K. Merrill, Sr. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, Gloucester City. Ph:856-456-1142 via www.mccannhealey.com Read more →

OBITUARY: Frances E. Thomas of Pennsauken

On August 27, 2017, at the age of 81. (nee McPhail) Of Pennsauken. Born on April 3, 1936 in Duncan, Oklahoma to the late Preston and Gladys McPhail. Survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Alvin P. Thomas. Frances worked many years as a florist at Flower World in Cherry Hill, NJ. She proudly served our country in the U.S. Army. Interment will be private in Calvary Cemetery, Cherry Hill. Condolences and Memories may be shared at www.mccannhealey.com under the obituary of Frances E. Thomas. Funeral Arrangements and Inquiries through: McCANN-HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, Gloucester City. Ph:856-456-1142 via www.mccannhealey.com Related... Read more →

Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff Robert French, Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept. California

RELATED: Blue Line Related: CNB Crime Sacramento, CA --Deputy Sheriff Bob French was shot and killed outside of the Ramada Inn in the 2600 block of Auburn Boulevard while attempting to serve a warrant as part of an auto theft investigation at approximately 10:30 am. He was 52. Members of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Auto Theft Task Force had just taken two women into custody after observing them enter a stolen automobile. A search warrant was obtained for a hotel room as part of the ensuing investigation. As two members of the task force knocked on the room's door a... Read more →

Maryland August 30 Fishing Report

by Keith Lockwood/http://news.maryland.gov/ Angler Miles Humphries with his first catch, a white perch from the Key Bridge. Photo by Joe Humphries This is Erik Zlokovitz filling in for Keith Lockwood on the weekly fishing report. As I write this report, there is a disturbance bringing in some rain and winds along the mid-Atlantic coast, but it is nothing compared to the historic flooding being experienced now by the folks in the Houston area, southeast Texas and western Louisiana. The weather forecast here in Maryland is fair to good for the next few days, with rain in the forecast Saturday. We... Read more →

Be Careful of Phony Charities Soliciting Donations for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

ClearysNoteBook NEWARK – The devastation resulting from Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in Texas has New Jerseyans ready to help and show their support for the victims of the storm, but the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has some advice for those looking to make donations: Beware of phony charities.The Division is urging consumers to “Investigate Before You Donate,” and avoid fraudulent charitable solicitations, when seeking to donate for victims of Harvey, which has dumped unprecedented amounts of rain on the Gulf Coast of Texas. “New Jersey residents are always willing to help out their neighbors when tragedy strikes, often by... Read more →

Camden City Hospital Helping Employees of Houston’s MD Anderson Cancer Center

Gloucester City News files Cooper Chairman George E. Norcross III Kicks-Off Fund with $5,000 Donation Camden, NJ -- The Cooper Foundation, George E. Norcross III, and Cooper University Health Care, which operates MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, have established a relief fund to provide support to employees of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston following the hurricane that struck this week. MD Anderson – Cooper’s partner organization – the number one ranked cancer center in the nation, and many of its staff were directly impacted by the devastation. Cooper Chairman George E. Norcross III has... Read more →

GUEST COMMENTARY: Kudos to Evangelicals

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a statement issued by evangelical ClearysNoteBook file image leaders August 29: The Catholic League has a long history of mutual cooperation with evangelical Christians on a host of cultural issues. In that spirit, we condemn the unfair attacks against the statement on marriage, family and sexuality that was signed by more than 150 evangelical leaders following their conference in Nashville last week. "Hateful," "homophobic," "anti-LGBT" are among the hysterical condemnations of the statement flying around print, broadcast and social media. But the statement is none of those things. While restating long-held Christian teaching... Read more →


Source The Diocese of Camden Although school is officially starting next week, running a school is a year-round job, especially if the school offers summer programs. Happy Campers Many South Jersey Catholic Schools offered current students and visitors the opportunity to play, learn, experiment, hone athletic and theatrical skills and get a jump on the college search this summer. Students use homemade binoculars at Guardian Angels’ summer camp program. Guardian Angels in Gibbsboro and Saint Michael the Archangel in Clayton hosted extended camp programs with a weekly theme. Families were welcome to enroll for any or all weeks of camp.... Read more →

Fort Frederick, Maryland Hosts Get Into Nature Weekend

August 30, 2017 Annual Event Provides Outdoor Fun for All Ages Sept. 1-4 Visitors can explore the wild side of Fort Frederick State Park during the annual “Get Into Nature Weekend,” featuring staff-led nature activities for all interest levels and ages throughout the Labor Day weekend. “It is important that people spend time in the great outdoors to discover the natural world around them,” Fort Frederick State Park Naturalist Charlie Sullivan said. “The weekend’s programs will give visitors a chance to experience a number of different habitats in the park as well as learn ways to become better stewards of... Read more →


press release Five years ago, Superstorm Sandy caused upheaval of lives and destruction of properties for many people living along the Jersey shore. No one had experienced in their lifetime a storm of such magnitude that hit our Garden State. We pitched in, supported our suffering neighbors, and received help and financial aid from all over the United States. Now another part of our country is beset by a natural disaster the likes of which has never been seen before. People in southern Texas have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Even now, days later, there is no... Read more →

2017 South Mountain International Blues Festival

Free all day music on the big hill. West Orange,New Jersey (PR MediaRelease) The North Jersey Blues Alliance announces that the 2017 South Mountain International Blues Festival will be held on Sunday, September 10th from 12 PM to 8 PM at the Cherry Lane/Oakdale Picnic Area at South Mountain Reservation in West Orange, NJ. The South Mountain International Blues Festival is an all-day event featuring a dynamic lineup of world-renowned Blues artist. The Festival is presented by music and entertainment impresario Mike Griot, Essex County, and the North Jersey Blues Alliance (NJBA). An annual late summer staple in northern New... Read more →

Two Separate Motor Vehicle Accidents in Lower Township; Both Cars Overturned

Lower Township – On August 29, 2017, The Lower Township Police Department ClearysNoteBook file image responded to two unrelated motor vehicle accidents that resulted in both vehicles overturning. The two separate accidents occurred within one hour of each other. The first accident occurred in the area of Bay Drive and Mallow Road, located in the Cape May Beach section of Lower Township. The accident investigation revealed that the vehicle, a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer, operated by John Perkins, a 32-year-old male, who resides in the Villas Section of Lower Township, left the roadway, struck several pylons and came to rest on... Read more →

Parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Urged to Help Hurricane Victims

PHILADELPHIA PA--Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. has asked that all parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia consider taking up a one-time, special collection on the weekend of September 16-17, 2017 to support continued relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. This special collection is part of a national initiative called for by Archbishop José H. Gomez, vice-president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to benefit the victims of this natural disaster and to provide pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted dioceses. All contributed funds will support Catholic Charities’ USA, which is providing aid to victims of... Read more →

Jackals Playoff Tickets On Sale Now

Jackals to host playoff games on September 6 and 7; Playoff games include Craft Beer Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday and ticket deals for Montclair State students and staff Little Falls, N.J. – August 30, 2017 – The New Jersey Jackals have clinched a spot in the Can-Am League playoffs for the seventh consecutive season and you can get your tickets to catch all of the exciting postseason action. The Jackals will begin their playoff push by hosting the first two games in a best-of-five semifinal series. Game one will be Wednesday, September 6 and game two will be on Thursday, September... Read more →

Lions Home Opener Saturday

The Gloucester City Lions will open the 2017 football season on Saturday. The 11:00 am home game brings visiting Maple Shade to town. The early season opener is the result of rescheduling when Pitman High School announced they would not be fielding a varsity football team during the 2017 season. Photo by: Bruce Darrow Read more →


Gloucester City News file CAMDEN CITY, NJ--Mason Mallon, 24, originally charged and arrested on August 19, 2017, with Aggravated Sexual Assault because of his Snapchat post of an unconscious victim has been charged with another sexual assault on a 17-year-old woman. According to Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo and Gibbsboro Police Chief Justin Tomaszewski another victim came forward and reported that she was physically and sexually assaulted by Mallon on March 1, 2016. Like the initial victim, she was also assaulted at the residence on the 100 block of West Clementon Road in Gibbsboro. The victim was acquainted with... Read more →

Car Strikes Pole in Lower Township During Storm  

On August 29, 2017, at 6:48 p.m., the Lower Township Police Department investigated a Gloucester City News files motor vehicle accident in the area of Route 109 and Canterbury Way. At the scene, police learned the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Alan Logan a 54-year-old male, who resides in Rio Grande, was traveling south on State Highway 109 and lost control of his vehicle. He slid on the roadway out of control, before striking a utility pole and knocking out electricity to the area. Traffic was diverted from Route 109 for several hours, as multiple crew members from... Read more →